TEEN has seen the wave of the future

TEEN

TEEN- The Way and Color

The video for “Not For Long” — off TEEN‘s ambitious new “The Way and Color,” features  manipulated faces floating in space, symmetry and synth-like brass. The sound is sterile, clean and orderly. It lays itself out slowly. Its unusual time signature lends to the oddity of its psychedelic background and smoothes out a cohesive foundation for the rest of the album.
It’s surprising”Not For Long” was a single off the album — “All the Same,” with its inner soul, might have been the more obvious choice — but TEEN goes its own way, and that suits them fine.

TEEN is lead singer Teeny Lieberson, Lizzie Lieberson on keyboard, Katherine Lieberson on drums, and now joined by bassist Boshra alSaadi.”The Way and Color” was recorded in 10 days in upstate New York, pulling influences from D’Angelo and R&B great Erykah Badu.

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TEEN- The Way and Color

Teeny Lieberson voice is like an easygoing river, maternal, with the haunting electricity of Olivia Newton John. Her vocals are built for pop, but she has other uses for it. The combination of femininity, jazz beats and raw experimentation is what makes TEEN sound so soothing and wonderfully uncomfortable at the same time.

Harmonized choruses abound, as on “More Than I Ask For,” where TEEN uses horns and reverb with a mid-tempo easy-listening feel. It’s got a space-age jazz flavor that’s outside the realm of alternative.

“Tied Up Tied Down” employs foreign sounds that create a sonic map, while “Breathe Low & Deep” uses two tempos — quirky and deep — with repetitive guitar notes to explore feelings of love and frustration. “Sticky” contains a backward loop that recalls 70s synth and modern techno-psych pop. The album launches into a mini-odyssey to finish, on the futuristic “All the Same,” full of horns and echos.
Most of “The Way and Color” are long-form songs that pull in a bouquet of different musical influences, even flute, R&B sax and voice manipulation, covered with a strong 80s-synth taste.
These worldwide cultural influences color TEEN’s music, but doesn’t define it– it just helps it stand out from the rest.
The “Way and Color” was released April 22 on Carpark Records. You can buy it here.
Dig it or Ditch it: Dig It, but take your time.
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TEEN’s got a whole bunch of tour dates lined up, playing with Phantogram, GRMLN and Jessy Lanza on various shows:

Tues, Apr 22 Austin, TX @ End of an Ear (free in-store 3pm)

Tue, Apr 22 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek

Wed, Apr 23 Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall

Thu, Apr 24 McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey

Fri, Apr 25 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

Mon, April 28 Los Angeles, Ca @ Bootleg Theater

Thu, May 1 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

Fri, May 2 Sacramento, CA @ Witch Room

Mon, May 5 Seattle, WA @ Barboza

Tue, May 6 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar

Fri, May 9 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

Sat, May 10 Chicago, IL @ Schubas

Thu, May 22 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Record Release Show)

Sat, May 24 Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall

Fri, July 18 Brighton, UK @ The Hope

Sat, July 19 Southwold, UK @ Latitude

Sun, July 20 Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall

Mon, July 21 Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Tue, July 22 London, UK @ The Lexington

Thu, July 24 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Kleine Zaal

Fri, July 25 Hamburg, Germany @ Aalhaus

Mon, July 28 Paris, France @ Le Nouveau Casino

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Further listening/viewing:

“Not For Long” stream:

http://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/not-for-long

“Not For Long” video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yitP42ltFmw&feature=youtu.be

“Tied Up Tied Down” stream:

http://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/tied-up-tied-down

Off the Avenue Presents: Savannah Stopover Sessions “Not For Long”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEpM6poJ0Ro

 

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2 responses to “TEEN has seen the wave of the future

  1. Mom

    Of course I always enjoy reading your blogs!

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